Sesame Place – I can tell you how to get there!

I can tell you how to get, how to get to SESAME PLACE!

It’s 100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047

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We have been going to Sesame Place since my oldest was just 2 years old. I remember finding out that the one and only Sesame Place in the country is only 45 minutes from my Central New Jersey home in Langhorne,Pennsylvania and wondering why I have never heard of it before. It’s a fairy tale land for children and adults alike. Characters walk all over and frequently stop to take photos with the children, There are 2 to 3 parades per day, and multiple shows within a few different venues going on all day. Not only are there visually stimulating things for children an adults to enjoy, did you know it is a water park? That is one of the most enjoyable features for our family.

There is ample parking the the lot directly across from the theme park. It is a bit pricey at $17, but keep in mind it is all day parking, and very convenient. You can pay a bit extra an get an even closer spot, or if you’re a season pass member, parking is included.

One thing to know when entering the park, is that you ARE allowed to bring in snacks and drinks in reasonable amounts. You can bring in a small cooler, and toddler snacks. They check your bags at the front gate to make sure you’re not bringing in anything not allowed into the park, like weapons or pepper sprays, so be prepared to have everything ready to be searched so that it goes faster for you.

After you get through the front gate. our first stop is getting a locker, which is located directly to the left of the gift shop. Lockers are, I believe, $16 for the day, plus a $3 refundable deposit, which isn’t too bad. It fits a lot of stuff although they look really small. I always bring my sons stroller, an that holds more stuff I need to keep with me like towels and juice so I don’t have to carry them. There is stroller parking near all of the attractions, so no need to worry about that,

We really enjoy the Teeny Tiny Tidal wave pool and it’s usually one of our first destinations after entering the park and getting a locker. It has an adorable large Ernie face that has kids in awe. The pool itself goes from about 1″ to 2 feet deep, and is large enough for your child to fun around and splash. They do provide life vests for free of charge throughout the park for use. Although they are not required for this area, some parents feel more at ease with their child wearing one, so just know they ARE there hung up next to the lifeguard in the second section of the pool by the sprinkler. This are is perfect for little ones and toddlers. There are chairs that are available to lounge out on as well in this section.

One thing I never noticed until my most recent trip this month, is the train cars to the left of the Teeny Tiny Tidal wave pool (directly under the giant duck water slide). The mix an match twiddle tracks. They are adorable hand propelled train type cards on a metal track. They are colorful and follow a small track through a tunnel. Tucked away in the corner, there are tables where parents can watch their children safely enjoy this attraction. My 3 year old is so into trains he has a blast in this small area an didn’t want to leave it!

Another first for us during this trip was riding the Sky Splash. There’s no missing this attraction. It is huge and has a large 8ft tall Rubber Ducky on top of it. The kids were too small in the past to all go on it, so we held off but during this visit we all walked up the 6 flights of stairs (yes it IS a hike!) and fit into the 8 person tube with a 1 year old, a 3 year old, two 7 year olds, and my aunt and I. The little ones all had a blast! One thing I must tell you, because they don’t tell you on the ride is HOLD ON! There are sections of the ride where I was literally bumped out of my seat and me and my 3 year old tumbled over. Luckily, we were OK, but someone can get hurt on this if not sitting properly. There was a slight look of terror on my little ones face but he let out the largest scream when we got to the bottom and yelled “Woohoo we did it!”. I wish I ha video of it. We did opt to go on it one more time and my little one was NOT in favor of this. He put up a fight but he enjoyed it after all was said and done.

The next area we hit was Cookie’s Monster Land. This is where all of the dry attractions are and we always have a blast. There are so many kid friendly rides, and also a toddler area where parents can take a moment to relax. There is a bouncy bridge castle above that older children can run across and bounce on while the little ones are in an enclosed safe area with foam blocks to build and tunnels to explore.

Most of the rides in this area children over 42″ can ride alone, but I still went on whatever I could with them. My 3 year old was obsessed with the flying Elmo Fish since he loves planes. He made me go on it over and over!My 7 year old and 7 year old nephew went on the large swing and loved them. They went on it twice actually. That was the great thing about going on a weekday, there were no lines!!!

There are multiple places to eat at Sesame Place, and usually we choose Elmo’s Eatery. You get a cute souvenir plate an cut with each kids meal. I always get a kids meal too because it’s a little pricey and the kid’s meal is more then enough for me. There is the Dine with me area, but we haven’t done that yet although you can find deals online for it sometimes. Also, if you’re a season pass holder, I think it’s included or deeply discounted.

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Just like other theme parks, there are face painting stations, balloons, gift shops, caricature stations, and stands to play. Here is hubby ecstatic about his caricature he got of himself LOL! This was 5 years ago an it still graces his walls.

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After eating, we went to the Elmo Live show. This is the same show I’ve seen numerous times, but every time it keeps the children captivated! It is so adorable to see the kids have fun at their own little concert. Dancing in front of the stage and singing along to songs they know like ABC’s and 123’s. I have seen other shows here as well over the years including Hip Hop Harry, The Imagination Movers, and Elmo Rocks. They have multiple venues and show times and you can check out any special shows at Sesameplace.com because if they’re special shows other then the normal ones, they’re an extra fee usually online like $10 but you do have to reserve a seat usually.

Lastly, the parade! You’ll want to set up a bit before the parade to get a close up seat. Usually people will start laying own their towels or planting their strollers along the main street an hour before, The parade is adorable with all of the characters coming up to greet the children, a screen showing the crowd, and even sometimes pulling children into the parade to complete a dance number or sing along. The theme this year is Birthday Party since it’s Sesame Place’s 35th Birthday Anniversary. They even replaced the character shrubs at the entrance with a huge birthday cake.

Reminders;

  • Bring sunscreen and flip flops/sandals! It is very sunny and the blacktop is all over and very very hot.
  • Bring your camera!
  • Check out online discounts before you go. It is ALWAYS cheaper to order online then at the gate.

Suggestions;

  • Get a 2 Day pass at minimum. It’s only about $10 more and includes another day of fun making each visit basically 50% off! Trust me, you WILL want to go back.
  • Bring a hat for little ones to keep the sun out of their eyes so they can see the fun stuff without the glare.
  • Wear comfortable clothes/cover ups. Most people just walk around in their bathing suits.

Fun Fact; Sesame Place has a Sunny Day Guarantee and if it rains for an hour or more consecutively during your visit, they will give you a pass to return!

Don’t be fooled by the name. Parents will have just as much fun as the kids!!

Right now, you can get a ticket for just $35 online for Sesame Place’s 35th Birthday! This is good from July 27-7/30!

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Enjoy!

Sahara Sams Oasis Indoor Family Waterpark

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My family and I had the chance to visit Sahara Sams Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water park this past weekend. Yes, we went to a water park in New Jersey in late January. I have to admit, it took a lot of courage to utter the words “Do you want to go swimming” to my 6 year old and 2 year old, knowing the answer would undoubtedly be “YEAH!”. The thought of entering a swimming pool when it is under 40 degrees outside was scary, but I am so glad we did it.

The drive there from my hometown, which is just off of exit 10 via the turnpike was an hour and 15 minutes. It was an easy drive, and the kids kept occupied in the back the entire time with the exception of a few “Are we almost there?”s thrown in. Sahara Sams is located in West Berlin, NJ right off of exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike. Had I known there was this amazing family retreat so close to home, I would’ve gone a lot sooner!

When we went, Sunday January 25th, it was a perfect day out. 44 degrees, and blue-grayish skies above. We were bundled up tight with our winter coats and hats on and our bathing suits on underneath, with our beach bags by our sides carrying beach towels and changes of clothes. I know… it felt just as silly as it sounds. We arrived at just about noon and there was ample parking throughout. Parking is free, first come first serve.

When we entered into the place through the front doors, our whole atmosphere totally changed. You can feel the slight burst of heat hit your face, and see all the fun games ahead of you with bright colored lights and sounds. There is a worker at a table directly in front of the door waiting to check through ALL of your bags to ensure you aren’t carrying any weapons, or any outside food or drink because it is not permitted in the park. He did let us keep 1 bottle of unopened water, and the “check in” went pretty quick as there wasn’t a long line at this time. Be prepared – you need to bring an ID card to the check in counter. There are signs stating this prior to reaching the check-in desk as well.

Another ‘know before you go’. My youngest son is only 2 years old, and children under 2 are FREE. If you have a child under the age of 3, make sure to bring proof of age if you do not want to pay for them. Yes, they said they needed a birth certificate or anything proving age. I do understand this because of the issue of people trying to get over and pass their older children off as 2 or under, but I believe it should be stated somewhere in the ticket purchasing section or online somewhere “Children 2 and under FREE with proof of age”. The gentleman at the counter was nice about it though. He also explained they may go to a height restriction instead for the free ticket – such as any children under 34″ free” or something along those lines. To be safe, just make a copy of the child’s birth certificate and bring it with you prepared to show it if younger then 3 for free entry.

They have the option of purchasing a locker for a fee, or you can rent a private Cabana which looked really cool for $85. Cabanas must be reserved in advance which can be done over the internet.

OK, so onto whats INSIDE! It is an understatement for me to say that once we walked into the actual Indoor water park section, I immediately felt like I was on vacation somewhere beautiful and definitely NOT in NJ in January. Did I mention it is a steady 84 Degrees in there? It was so great to be so relaxed and WARM! My 2 year old was initially scared of the giant bucket that dumps tons of water down, but eventually he forgot about it. My 6 year old, on the other hand, was ecstatic to see that giant bucket!

One thing I must note, is that for ALL of the attractions, the life guards were on their “A” game. They were extremely attentive, and did their jobs well. It made me feel so comfortable with my 2 young children there and other children all over as that can sometimes feel overwhelming.

The first thing we did is head over to the CONGO BONGO which is essentially a lazy river. They provide tubes for you to use and float around a winding path filled with tropical surroundings and fun sporadic sprays of water and waterfalls. It was not crowded at all when we were in it, although later in the day it did get a bit more crowded. We went on this 3 times. Once, and then another 2 times consecutively around. That is one of the great things. It is a “free for all”. You can go around as many times as you’d like without being kicked out. I’d imagine there would have to be some type of limit if it was overly crowded, but that wasn’t the case this day.

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Then, we headed over to the LIZARD LAGOON which is an area geared toward toddlers. My 2 year old had so much fun going down the water slide, and on the tiny bungee swings. My 6 year old even had a blast in this area going down the water slides helping his brother. It was such a safe area and so cute. You have to just watch the stairs, because they are wet, and there are many toddlers trying to get up them at once. There is a lifeguard at the top of the stairs, and the bottom of the slides as well.

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Onto the SAMS SLAM DUNKER pool! The boys, including my husband, had a blast shooting some hoops in the pool. The pool was 3-4ft deep and it was so warm. We actually kept coming back to this throughout the day to just hang out. It did get crowded at times, but still fun. The only concern I had with this, is they use REAL basketballs. 3 of them.They are heavy in my opinion to be tossed around above heads of others including young children held by their parents. It would be much better if the used pool balls or something lighter like a small beach ball. They had a blast in here though.20150125_123943

My 6 year old couldn’t get enough of going on a real, big water slide by himself in the TIM-BUK-TU area. It is the same area with the giant bucket. It has a smaller park like slide for younger children, and some do-it-yourself spray sections that kids can control the spray bursts on each side. I got hit a few times with water unknowingly, but it was all in fun.

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The CROCODILE FLATS is an area sectioned off from the slam dunk pool that has lily pads for kids to try to walk across while holding onto a net above. Unfortunately, my 6 year old isn’t a great swimmer yet, and wasn’t tall enough to really reach the net yet, so he couldn’t try it but it looked really fun!

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My favorite part, the ADULT ONLY Warming pool. Hubby and I had to take turns going to this because it’s 18+. That is what makes it so great. A little retreat to what feels like a giant tub. You have a view of the Congo Bongo, and can just kick back and relax with no kids splashing around. It isn’t a Jacuzzi, because the water is the same temperature as the rest of the pools, but because it is much smaller, it feels a lot warmer, hence the name “Warming pool”.

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Across from this is the adult pool-side bar on one side, or the doors to the food court on the other side.

The FLO-RIDA section looked really cool. It is a simulation of surfing, but we didn’t get a chance to try it this visit because the kids are too small and wanted to keep busy with other attractions. I definitely plan on trying this one out my next visit!

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There are some additional attractions we did not try out due to once again, the kids wanting to be on the other attractions, but they’re geared more towards older kids and adults. There are also outdoor attractions including a splash area, some more giant water slides, and a RIP-N-ROLL wave pool I can’t wait to try!

After the water attractions, we wanted to dry off a bit and let our hair dry before going back out into the cold so we got dressed and hit up the Arcade. The arcade is all digital. You load money onto a card, and then use that for the price of each game. The tokens also load onto the card as well and can be redeemed at the reward counter which is much easier then carrying around a handful of tickets.

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I am definitely planning to visit again this Summer so I can check out the outdoor section and their neighboring Diggerland (a construction site with sand for kids!) My 6 year old already proclaimed that he is having one of his birthday parties there in the future.They have a great birthday party package that include an annual full year membership for the birthday child! We had such a blast and miss it already. I highly recommend it to everyone!

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DO Bring your own towels

DO NOT BRING floatation devices or pool toys

LIFE VESTS ARE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE

Check out their website to see details about each attraction and more pictures and videos – SaharaSams.com including their current SALE on annual membership for ONLY $69.95! You can even decide to upgrade your day pass to membership by paying the difference that day.